Moon

Some stargazers find the moon a nuisance. Its brightness makes it difficult to observe the faint fuzzies we love so much. But observing the moon is an age old tradition and it certainly has its charms, be it a luminous orb that lights up the terrain in front of you or a razor-thin slice with shadows scraping against the crater walls.

We offer an array of tips and tricks for observing our friendliest neighbor. We’ll provide maps to help you locate famous seas, mountains, craters and Apollo landing sites. We’ll even help you glimpse the far side of the moon . . . well the 9% you can see on Earth from time to time. Once you’ve read through each of our articles you’ll be a lunar expert, more familiar with the terrain than Neil Armstrong.

Lunar Hall of Fame

Beginning in 1645, obsessed observers drew maps of the Moon's face in ever-greater detail. These observers made it into the author's Lunar Hall of Fame.

Old rock sprinkled atop new

Blue Moon Rayed-Crater Blowout

Like "catching some rays"? This weekend's Blue Moon invites us to explore the beauty and dazzle of crater rays, the tracks left by powerful impacts in the not-so-distant past.

Crazy About Concentric Craters

With the Moon riding high this week, what better time to look for its three best-known yet enigmatic "ring" craters? We welcome back the waxing Moon this week. It's a chance for many of us to put dark-sky targets on the back burner and give some love to she who lights the night. During fall, the evening Moon…

Lunar 100

The Lunar 100

As the moon wanes in the gibbous phase in the nights to come, see if you can find and observe some of 100 of Charles Wood's classic lunar hit list, including craters, basins, mountains, rilles, and domes.

Rising Moon

Once in a Blue Moon

We'll see a "blue Moon" next Friday, but what does that mean? From the Middle Ages to the game of Trivial Pursuit, a folklorist explores the origin of the phrase.

Plato proves the point

The Mysteries of Plato

The crater Plato is one of the superstars for observers of the Moon. It's big, conspicuous with its dark floor ringed by a bright rim, and long a subject of speculation, and controversy.